Gas, bills rise by 2.3% in August

And it is sting from 1,267 euros for families

The gas bill for Italian families (protected) rose in August 2023 by 2.3% compared to July. Arera communicates this, explaining that last month gas recorded an average wholesale price higher than that of the month of July: the price of the gas raw material alone, for customers with contracts under protected conditions, is equal to 33. 21 euros/mWh.

The overall update for the typical user, for consumption in the month of August compared to the previous month, is entirely determined by the increase in expenditure for natural gas (+2.3%). The general charges and the tariff linked to transport and metering expenses remain unchanged. Furthermore, Arera notes that the expenditure for gas of the typical household (in the sliding year September 2022 – August 2023) is approximately 1,472 euros, in terms of final effects, gross of taxes, and is down by 12.1% compared to the equivalent 12 months of the previous year (September 2021 – August 2022).

“A very bad signal” for Assoutenti which estimates a higher outlay of 29 euros per family compared to the tariffs in force in July. “An alarming rise!”, underlines the Unc. ”The fact that gas rises in August, despite consumption being reduced to the bone and stocks at the end of July were already at 87%, even if now it does not produce concrete effects for consumers’ pockets, can only worry us in view of the imminent start of the next thermal season”. Total expenditure in the next twelve months (not, therefore, according to the rolling year, but from 1 August 2023 to 31 July 2024, assuming constant prices) thus rises to 1,267 euros, which added to the 644 of electricity, determine a total sting equal to 1,911 euros.

But the trend reversal on gas prices is also of great concern to the business world, especially those in the agri-food sector which have to bear higher costs, as Coldiretti points out. A trend that risks accentuating due to international tensions in the colder months in which consumption and consequently the economic impacts are higher. In fact, the cost of energy is reflected throughout the supply chain and concerns both agricultural activities but also transformation and distribution.